Becoming a Motivating Manager

By Louellen Essex, Ph.D. and Mitchell Kusy, Ph.D.

Are you a manager who creates a motivating work environment? Does your team enjoy what it's doing? Do you inspire people to give their best? If you can’t answer these questions with a confident, “yes,” here are five tried-and-true tips for getting started:

  • Align work with talents and interests. Motivation depends on two key elements—people’s desire to do work that interests and inspires them and their personal belief in their ability to succeed. The lesson: Align work accordingly, and you will motivate people. In fact, the motivation will be intrinsic—the work itself will motivate.

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